It’s the most wonderful time of year…no, Christmas isn’t coming early.
Rougarou Fest, the annual family-friendly spooktacular, is back to provide enough thrills and chills to make kids and adults alike happily usher in fall.
The two-day event, set for Oct. 22-23 in downtown Houma, is set up much like a traditional festival, but what is offered is anything but the same ol’ same ol’. A blessing of the grounds and national anthem kick things off at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by back-to-back live music stretching through the festival’s two days from some of the best local artists. While the sounds of artists like Sheauxdown, The Josh Garrett Band and more fill the air, attendees can enjoy delicious Cajun eats and drinks, themed children’s activities like the Cypress Knee Ring Toss, and more from a host of vendors.
Don’t forget to show off your scariest or most creative getup during the costume contest and if you hang around long enough, you just might catch a glimpse of this year’s enchanting Rougarou Queen.
It’s not just fun and games, either. It’s also a way to give back to the local community. The festival is the primary fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, a non-profit organization committed to revolutionizing how people think about and educate others on Louisiana’s precious coastline.
Our Top 5 Don’t-Miss Moments of Rougarou Fest
1. Show Us Your Stuff
Rougarou Fest organizers are amping up the always-popular costume contest for this year’s festivities. At 5 p.m. Saturday, the undead and pint-sized princesses converge on the steps of the courthouse to show off their looks and vie for a prize. Categories have expanded to feature Pets, Most Creative, Funniest, Scariest, Movie Characters, two kid’s categories separated by age, and Best Overall.
2. The Bayou Enchantress
This year, thanks to Houma Float Rentals, the Rougarou Queen, Tammie Swanner, will greet festival attendees on her very own float. Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse of the lady of the hour during the Krewe Ga Rou Parade Saturday at 7 p.m.
3. Rising Star
This years music lineup features some of the best homegrown talent around. Among the musicians is Payton Smith, a Houma native who has since found his stride among the elite of Music City. At age 8, he began playing guitar and by 14, Payton scored his first publishing deal. These days, you can find him co-writing alongside some of the best in the business, performing at iconic spots like The Bluebird Cafe, and on Sunday at 11 a.m., he’ll take the stage right here in downtown Houma.
4. Something to Remember Us By
Don’t forget to snag a commemorative poster from this year’s event while you’re meandering around the festival grounds. This year’s creation was crafted by Joe Badon,a Slidell-based artist whose signature style is reminiscent of vintage comic books. Want a personalized copy to display at home or in your office? Joe will be on-hand to sign prints throughout the weekend.
5. The Good Stuff
Thibodaux-based Mudbug Brewery again lends its craftsmanship to this year’s drink lineup. The brewery has created Pumpkin Spice Porter, a dark beer tinged with spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Not a beer drinker? Bloody Marys and Rougaroux rum cocktails are also on the menu. •